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A streamlined Spotify client and browser with a focus on performance and integrations.

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Tune is a Spotify browser and remote application with a focus on performance and integration with other services.

You can see it in action at

Album details

Album details

Global Search


Artist details

Artist details

Top albums and recommendations

Top albums and recommendations

Release radar

Release radar


Scope and features

In many ways Tune copies the official Spotify application: many views (e.g. search or details for artists and albums) are tightly based on the equivalent sections in the Spotify application. This is an intentional choice aimed at reducing friction between applications.

Tune differs in these areas:

  • Performance: Tune is extremely light, as for the most part is a server-rendered application, which makes it suitable to use on a wide range of devices and operating systems (think Linux on a Raspberry PI). Most of its functionality works without JavaScript and is exposed via a proper URL.
  • Integration: Tune tries to connect items like artists, albums or songs to other sources of information, so that for example you can use convenient links to read the history of a band on Wikipedia.
  • Recommendations: Tune offers suggestions based on a combination of what's provided by Spotify and some custom logic (loosely based on what you've been listening in a specific time period). The logic is an almost direct porting of how I search for new music, so it might not work for you.

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Space: Play/Pause
  • h: Home
  • a: Prev
  • d: Next
  • w: Volume up
  • s: Volume down
  • /: Focus search input
  • q: Focus device selector
  • n: When available, go to the next page
  • p: When available, go to the previous page
  • ?: Display a modal dialog with available shortcuts

Free vs. Premium Subscriptions

| Feature | Free subscription | Premium Subscription | |---------------------------|:-----------------:|:--------------------:| | Search | ✅ | ✅ | | Artist/Album/etc. details | ✅ | ✅ | | Suggestions | ✅ | ✅ | | Release radar | ✅ | ✅ | | Miniplayer controls | ❌ | ✅ | | Device chooser | ❌ | ✅ | | Embedded audio player | ❌ | ✅ (on some browsers) |

Due to limitations imposed by Spotify, users with free subscriptions cannot use the embedded audio player, nor they can control other devices via Tune's UI. If you have a free subscription, those UI elements are not visible as they're ineffective.

For users with Premium subscriptions, Tune can be used as a standalone player by selecting the appropriate option in the device switch section in the mini player (note that only some browsers are supported).

Data retention and privacy

Tune doesn't have any persistent storage: upon successful authentication, credentials are only stored in your browser's cookies and kept in memory in the application.

Credentials are cleared at most 30 seconds after you close the last browser session, even if you don't explicitly logout.

At this point in time, credentials may be printed in logs and/or crash reports.

Duplicated content

In some cases, search results or specific listings will display duplicated content (e.g. the exact same album twice). This is due to the Spotify API returning duplicated results which only differ in the ID.

It's not clear why this happens: it could be that the artist uploaded the same album multiple times, it could be that different editions are available in specific territories.

Issues with devices and playback

If you use Tune in combination with official Spotify clients, you will notice that if nothing is playing, after a while the miniplayer controls stop responding and you can't even play any song. This is due to a quirk in the Spotify devices API, which reports client devices as still connected.

If you're running Tune on a platform where it can load the built-in audio player, you can just refresh the page for the player to reload, which has the side effect of "waking up" all other clients as well. At that point, you can select them from the device switcher and resume normal operation.

If you're running Tune on a mobile device, your only option is to open the dormant client application, do a quick play/pause to wake it up and go back to Tune.

More information on the related Spotify documentation page.



First of all, we need working installations of Elixir and Erlang. The recommended way to achieve this is via asdf. Once it's installed and working, you can run

asdf install
from the project root to install the correct versions required (see the
file for details).

Next, make sure you setup the required environment variables as detailed in

by copying the file to
and adjusting values as needed.

Please see the Vapor docs for more detail on the dotenv configuration provider.

To create secrets, (e.g. for

), use
mix phx.gen.secret

Next you can install all dependencies with

mix setup

Running the application

  • Start the application with
    mix phx.server
  • To start the application and an IEx console connected to it, use
    iex -S mix phx.server

Now you can visit

from your browser.

Tests, dialyzer and Credo

You can run tests with

mix test
, dialyzer with
mix dialyzer
and Credo with
mix credo

The application also includes a minimal JS test suite (currently used as a playground to understand how to effectively test Phoenix LiveView hooks). You can run it with

cd assets
and then
npm test

Application structure


namespace defines the domain logic responsible to interact with the Spotify API and maintain running sessions for each logged-in user.


namespace defines authentication endpoints and the main
) that powers the entire user interface.

Tune assumes multiple browser sessions for the same user, which is why it defines a

behaviour with
as its main runtime implementation.

Each worker is responsible to proxy interaction with the Spotify API, periodically poll for data changes, and broadcast corresponding events.

When a user opens a browser session,

either starts or simply reuses a worker named with the same session ID.

Each worker monitors its subscribers, so that it can shutdown when a user closes their last browser window.

This architecture ensures that:

  • The amount of automatic API calls against the Spotify API for a given user is constant and independent from the number of user sessions for the same user.
  • Credential renewal happens in the background
  • The explorer implementation remains entirely focused on UI interaction


The application exposes

module with definitions for relevant metrics.

An instance of Phoenix.LiveDashboard is mounted at

. In production, the endpoint is protected by basic auth (see
for relevant environment variables).


The project is setup to deploy on Heroku, please make sure you:


All content and metadata is provided by Spotify unless explicitly stated. Content is owned by many different right holders.


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